The Westchester County Board of Health Presents the 2024 Public Health Awards
Together with County Executive George Latimer, the Westchester County Board of Health presented the 2024 Public Health Awards today, recognizing outstanding contributions to public health in Westchester by two adults and one student. Latimer acknowledged the work of the Westchester County Department of Health and celebrated the accomplishments of the public health community: “Today, during National Public Health Week, we honor two individuals whose efforts ensure that emergency responders in Westchester are well-prepared to answer our calls and a student who persistently advocates for residents who wrestle with mental health challenges and addictions. I also want to thank the dedicated staff of our Health Department, our Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, and the volunteers who serve on our Westchester County Board of Health, for their essential service to our community. 

  • The Board of Health President Robert Baker, MD, presented the 2024 Dr. Harold Keltz Distinguished Public Health Service Awards to David Raizen, the owner of a home security company who has dedicated his life to ensuring a robust and well-trained staff of volunteers and professionals is available around the clock to respond to emergencies in and around Scarsdale.
  • The Board awarded the 2024 J.R. Tesone Youth Public Health Service Awards to Ashley Madden, (scroll down the page to see)  a Pleasantville High School senior who has become a persuasive advocate for prevention, treatment and better allocation of resources for people who have one or more mental health challenges and an addiction, a combination known as co-occurring disorders
  • Dr. Amler presented the Commissioner’s Award to Emil Nigro, MD, an emergency medicine physician and the medical director of the Hoch Center for Emergency Education at Phelps Hospital Northwell Health in Sleepy Hollow

Ground Cinnamon Recalled in Addition to Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches Due to Elevated Lead Levels
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its investigation into tainted cinnamon products and has found that lead contamination extends beyond the cinnamon applesauce pouches sold under the WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis brands that were previously recalled. View more information on applesauce lot codes and UPCs. Based on its investigation, the FDA has advised manufacturers to recall ground cinnamon from six distributers and says consumers who have them at home should stop using them and throw them away. The brands are:

  • Supreme Tradition, best buy dates from 4/25 through 9/25, sold at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar
  • La Fiesta, lot 25033, sold at La Superior SuperMercados
  • Marcum, best by 10/16/25 and 4/06/25, sold at Save A Lot
  • MTCI, sold at SF Supermarket
  • Swad, lot KX21223, sold at Patel Brothers
  • El Chillar, F275EX1026 and D300EX1024, sold at La Joya Morelense in Baltimore, Maryland

View this short, but informative video that shows families how to keep their children safe from lead (English and Spanish).

Single-Use Foodware Law
Westchester County is reminding residents and business owners of its "Upon Request" single-use foodware law, which took effect on September 2, 2023. This legislation aims to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics by promoting a more mindful approach to their usage within food service establishments by limiting the use of single-use foodware products to only when specifically requested by the customer.

Food service establishments are required to prominently display this clearly legible sign (in Spanish and Chinese) informing customers that plastic utensils, condiments, and straws are available only upon request.

For more information, view the county's press release, webpage, and fact sheet (in Spanish and Chinese) on the law. 

COVID Vaccine Information 
Please be advised that we are no longer able to provide COVID vaccine to everyone interested in receiving it at our clinics. As a safety net provider, COVID vaccines are now only available to children eligible for the Vaccines for Children program and adults who are not insured or are underinsured through the Bridge Access Program at our clinics. If you meet this criteria, you can make an appointment at one of our vaccine clinics by calling (914) 995-5800. If you have health insurance, you are able to get a COVID vaccine at places where you would normally go to get vaccines, such as at pharmacies and medical provider offices. Use the Vaccine Finder Tool to schedule a COVID vaccine near you.

COVID-19 and Flu Resources
Vaccination Clinic Registration and Information (Ages 6 months and up)
Testing and Treatment Information
Quarantine and Isolation Guidance 
WCDH Coronavirus Updates (school resources, data and more)
Find your COVID-19 community levels (low, medium, or high), and prevention steps to take based on the latest CDC data.

COVID-19 Treatment is Available
Oral antiviral medications are available for treatment of COVID-19 and have been proven to decrease hospitalization for those that are at risk for severe disease. When given soon after a positive diagnosis, these antivirals also help fight infection and shorten recovery time. All treatments require a prescription and those who test COVID-19 positive should talk to their health care provider.

Westchester County residents who test positive and do not have a health care provider, regardless of income or health insurance coverage, are eligible to be evaluated for treatment by calling 888-TREAT-NY (888-873-2869) or completing an evaluation at the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access website, which includes a telemedicine visit. The Hotline is available 24-hours per day, seven days a week and operated by experienced Health + Hospitals professionals who have the clinical training to prescribe treatment and referrals if needed.